Preparing a Kitchen Floor for Tile
Installing tile in the kitchen is easier than you might think. However, you must take the proper steps ahead of time to ensure that tiles don’t crack down the road. Before setting the first tile in place, prepare your floor with the right steps.
Eliminate Uneven Areas Before Setting Kitchen Tile
Uneven areas on the floor will result in cracking tiles. High spots should be removed from concrete with a grinder. Use a sander on wood floors to eliminate any high areas. If you have low areas in a wood or concrete floor, use a floor-leveling compound to smooth them.
Consider a Cement Backer Board for Kitchen Tile
Solid and secure, a cement backboard eliminates the bounce in a floor that results in cracked tiles. Easily installed over wood flooring, it will make the floor more stable and ensure that your tiles last for years to come. A small expense, it will repay you with a floor that is more durable and attractive.
The right preparation work will ensure that your tile floor is smooth, beautiful and free from cracks for years to come. It will take a little more time, but the professional results will be worth the effort. Don’t take chances on your hard work cracking to pieces down the road; invest in the proper preparations to ensure a professional finish.
When it comes to building or remodeling a home, installing tile floors is one of the more popular DIY tasks. In order to have a truly professional look, however, you will also need to learn how to finish your tile floors. Tile finishes protect the floor and help it to look polished. This process is done after the tiles are laid on your floor. Here are the steps:
Start With Grout
Mix up a bag of grout and apply a layer of grout in between each of the tile joints. Make sure that it is consistent and that there are no areas without grout. Don’t worry about applying grout over the tiles if necessary.
After roughly 30 minutes, you need to wipe the tops of all the tiles with a wet rag and then a dry rag. You want to take up as much of the grout from the tiles as possible without touching the grout in between the tile joints.
Apply Grout Sealer
After the grout has dried for 24 hours, use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of grout to the tile joints to protect the grout from decay.
This process can help your tile floors look fantastic for years to come.